The LCC K-9 Ministry team at Trinity – Hicksville, New York, was presented LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Abraham's vest during the weekend of April 27 – 28 as part of the Passing of Vest during worship services by Pastor John Hopkins and LCC representative Joel Wardenburg, Northeast Regional Coordinator. Abraham Comfort Dog's team recently completed their training at LCC in Northbrook, Illinois, and are enthusiastic to share compassionate ministry as the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in New York.
Joel presented Top Dog Donna Haines with Abraham Comfort Dog's ministry vest. He also presented an LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry vest to Veteran Ministry Partner, John Haines, and an LCC K-9 Police Ministry vest to Bay Constable and handler, John Plank.
Donna Haines shared a message about trust during the children’s message at worship. She said, “Humans have to trust God to guide them every day and Abraham has to trust his caregivers and handlers every day. Even when we don’t know where we are going."
Abraham’s Bible verse is Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
Joining in the celebration were LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Leah (Immanuel - Danbury, Connecticut), Lily (Good Shepherd - Old Bridge, New Jersey), Lizzie (Trinity – Savannah, Georgia), Lydia (Messiah – Lynnfield, Massachusetts), Maggie (Christ the King – Newtown, Connecticut), and Obadiah (Christ Lutheran – Scituate, Massachusetts), and their handlers.
We welcome Abraham Comfort Dog and his team as the first LCC K-9 Ministry located in the state of New York as they share the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.